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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Cancer Patients

Pacific Bridge Wellness, Dr. Darin J. Bunch DAOM L.Ac Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Cancer Patients

Being diagnosed with cancer can feel devastating. Having given over thirty thousand acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments in both private practice and an integrated oncology center, individuals diagnosed with various types of cancer have conveyed to me that when given the initial diagnosis of the “Big C” they feel like a deer in headlights.  While it is true that cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States—just below heart disease ("Leading Causes of Death," 2013)—it does not necessarily mean that you will be part of the statistic.


Here are some helpful guidelines for oncology patients >>

The Tattling Tongue: What Your Tongue Says About You

Did you know in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the tongue can be quite telling and in some cases, tattling?


The tongue is viewed as part of a comprehensive heath assessment and diagnostic system—helping prevent or treat pathological imbalances that you may be experiencing.


Read more about what your tongue says about you and your health >>

Cupping Therapy: No, they're not tiny fish bowls

Cupping therapy is a valuable treatment method used in traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional cupping therapy involves creating a vacuum-suctionin a glass cup—that somewhat resembles a miniature fish bowl.


The cups are placed directly over regions of the body and can extend past the site to help the skilled practitioner visibly to assess the extent of the pathology. This can be vital in cupping therapy not only as a treatment method but a diagnostic method as well.


Learn more about the health benefits of cupping therapy >>

Lose Weight & Reduce Stress by Regulating Cortisol
Pacific Bridge Wellness, Dr. Darin J. Bunch DAOM L.Ac, Lose Weight, Reduce Stress by Regulating Cortisol, Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

Did you know East Asian medicine can help with weight management, stress and anxiety by regulating cortisol levels in the body?


Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands in response to stress. It is our primary stress hormone and responsible for activating the body’s “fight or flight” response in stressful situations. When your body is under chronic stress, your cortisol levels remain high and you can be more susceptible to disease and weight gain.


Here are 10 signs that your cortisol levels may be elevated >>

A Few of the Many Health Benefits of Turmeric

Pacific Bridge Wellness, Dr. Darin J. Bunch DAOM L.Ac, Health Benefits of Turmeric Curcumin

If turmeric isn’t a regular part of your diet, you’ll want to run out and get some after reading this:


Turmeric, a relative of Ginger, is a culinary spice found in Indian curries and is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties due to its main active component, curcumin. This wonder drug contains over 1,000 naturally occurring phyto-compounds that can protect us against disease.


Read about some of the benefits of turmeric and curcumin >>

Pacific Bridge Wellness Dr. Darin J. Bunch DAOM, L.Ac.

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